Breach of employment contracts

Posted on 5 November '20 by , under legal.

Employment contracts contain terms and conditions which both the employee and employer agree upon. Ideally, this contract should be written rather than confirmed verbally to avoid miscommunications or misunderstandings. Contracts may also contain implied terms i.e. not misusing confidential information.

Employment contracts are also governed by legislation which provide further information about the minimum terms required, remedies that can be utilised, and basic regulatory frameworks. The industry you are in may also have additional industry-specific requirements which are legally reinforced.

Breach of employment occurs when employers or employees fail to comply with terms of the contract. The innocent party may be entitled to sue for the damages that have occurred as a result of the breach – so that they can be restored. A substantial breach may also allow an immediate termination of the contract and additionally allow individuals to sue for any loss incurred.

In the case that an employer or employee has breached a contract, it may be easier to navigate the difficult processes that need to be completed with the help of a legal advisor. This is because breach of contract can be fairly nuanced and information provided on websites may not be sufficient enough to lead the process without help from a legal professional.

The government may be able to provide free or concessional legal advice which should be utilised as legal proceedings can often be costly.